Deptford Twp. – On Dec.19, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) faculty and staff met with Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) officials and members to sign into place the “Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership.” This new partnership will enable eligible GCCC members and their employees to pursue an associate degree at RCGC at a 33 percent discount on tuition and fees.
“This is another great partnership that will continue to strengthen our workforce,” remarked Freeholder Director Robert Damminger. “We have a very proactive Chamber of Commerce and this tuition discount for Chamber members is a perfect example of what happens when you have like-minded leaders working together to strengthen our economy.”
“The GCCC prides itself on being a catalyst to improve the business climate throughout the region,” said GCCC President & CEO Les Vail. “Education and educated employees are the greatest asset to any business, so this partnership allows us to provide another value-added benefit to our members.”
This opportunity will be extended to GCCC members and their full- or part-time employees, provided they pursue a program of study related to their field of employment. Students must meet all RCGC admission and application requirements to qualify. Students will be required to register for at least three credits per semester and maintain a minimum grade point average. RCGC credits easily transfer to four-year schools for those students who choose to continue on to complete their bachelor’s degree.
“On behalf of the Board I congratulate the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and its members on this tremendous new partnership with RCGC,” said Freeholder Lyman Barnes, education liaison. “When our workforce is at the top of its field, whether it be in healthcare or marketing, our employers are benefitting and that benefit will trickle down to the employees to create prosperity in our entire region.”
The partnership was launched in response to a survey conducted in 2015-2016 by GCCC’s Education Committee. The survey found local business owners to be in need of employees with an associate degree or higher. Following this discovery, the GCCC worked closely with RCGC to create the “Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership” to fill this need within the local business community.
“The ‘Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership’ allows our College to extend a hand to the local business community through the Chamber of Commerce, to offer access to an affordable, quality education,” remarked RCGC President Frederick Keating. “RCGC’s premier partnership with Rowan University presents even further value, providing a path for those students who choose to continue on to complete their bachelor’s degree.”
Rowan College at Gloucester County’s 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 off of Route 55.
RCGC Board of Trustees member Benjamin Griffith, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Freeholder Lyman Barnes and GCCC Board
Chair Lisa Morina.